Man tries to run over teens, witnesses beat up driver
OKLAHOMA CITY – It’s street justice; a reckless driver found himself in a world of hurt this week.
It all started when the suspect, Eric Miller, allegedly jumped the curb and tried to run over a group of teens at an apartment complex in far northeast Oklahoma City.
Before the police arrived, that suspect got beat up by an angry mob of witnesses.
Lee’s nephew and a few other boys were standing in the lawn when they said a 43-year-old highly-intoxicated driver jumped the curb and tried to run over them on purpose.
“He said, ‘I’ve got something for y’all’,” teen Deondre Street said. “He could have killed us. He was driving straight for us and we all ran.”
The teens, including Street, escaped the driver without being hit but several witnesses then took the law into their own hands damaging the suspect’s SUV and more.
“At some point, some of the residents were able to get the man out of his car and physically assault him,” Oklahoma City Police Master Sgt. Gary Knight said.
Police didn’t arrest anyone for the assault but did book Miller for public intoxication.
Neighbors and police said they agree Miller is lucky no one else got hurt.
“Anytime you’ve got somebody highly intoxicated behind the wheel trying to run people over, that’s a dangerous situation and thankfully nobody was seriously injured,” Knight said.
“A vehicle is a weapon, too,” Street said. “You can kill someone with a vehicle, too.”
One of the victims, a 14-year-old, did have to be taken to the hospital because he suffers from a heart condition.
He is doing fine.
Miller has been released from jail.